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Brotherly Game Daily Links: NYCFC prepares for breakfast start with Union

Jack de Vries working hard to earn minutes, Brek Shea signs with Miami and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Jack de Vries working to earn MLS debut
An appearance in Florida would be the culmination of quite the journey for a homegrown whose only professional minutes so far came in Philadelphia Union II’s season opening contest against Loudoun United on March 7th. Despite the lack of experience, Curtin pointed to a player that knows what to do when it’s time to attack.

NYCFC preparing for breakfast bash vs. Philadelphia Union in MLS is Back Tournament
To prepare for the 9 am ET start, NYCFC coach Ronny Deila said they’ve trained earlier than usual and they may look to move a pre-tournament friendly against FC Dallas to the morning.

MLS News

MLS is Back: First players into bubble feeling ‘safe’ and ‘optimistic’
As teams enter the MLS bubble for the MLS is Back Tournament, players say they feel safe and comfortable with the steps the league has taken to prevent them from contracting the coronavirus.

Former U.S. National Soccer Team member Brek Shea signs with Inter Miami
Shea, 30, has been with the Inter Miami organization since early March, when he began training with the club’s USL team, Fort Lauderdale CF. He spent last season with Atlanta United, tore the ACL in his right knee last July and has been recovering ever since.

Ali Curtis confirms ‘long-term’ agreement with midfielder Marky Delgado
Delgado ranks fourth all-time on Toronto FC’s appearances list, behind only Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow, and Jonathan Osorio.

U.S. Soccer News

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Ream, Sargent, and more
Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen take on Cologne knowing anything but a win will see them relegated to the 2. Bundesliga. Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf face Union Berlin needing only a draw to avoid automatic relegation.

Rest of the World News

Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Australia and New Zealand ended up receiving 22 of the FIFA council’s 35 votes, with the CONMEBOL (South America) and UEFA (Europe) blocs leaning toward Colombia.